New partnership helps YSU students find just the right place to live

Youngstown State University is teaming with College Pads to improve the experience of finding and moving into on- and off-campus housing. 

College Pads, via the software on the university’s website, provides YSU students with an educational tool to help them prepare to review leases, compare campus housing options, rent from high-rated landlords, find roommates and even sublet their existing units. 

“The College Pads platform helps students make safe, informed renting decisions because all of the verified housing options are in one place,” said College Pads CEO Dominic Anzalone. “Looking for housing used to be such a chore with driving around writing down phone numbers. Now all the listings are in one spot that students can trust.” 

“This partnership provides a central place for students to find housing amenities to meet their unique needs as well as assist property managers with promotion of their housing options,” said YSU Associate Vice President of Student Experience Joy Polkabla Byers. “In addition, the added value resources such as renter education, housing fairs and a sublease finder make this a win-win resource for all.”

The new site includes renter education video/quiz modules to help students successfully navigate the transition to on- or off-campus living. Custom tailored to the needs of student renters, the College Pads platform also features a roommate and sublease finder. 

Listings on the site are purchased by landlords, and are created by College Pads staff, improving overall listing quality. Landlords noncompliant with university policy are removed from the site, creating a trusted, one-stop-shop for student housing. 

College Pads’ is the fastest-growing company in off-campus housing and is used at many other institutions across the country, from Washington State University and Arizona State University to the University of Pittsburgh and George Mason University. To learn more, contact Kayla Babcock, regional market developer, at